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Olympic Update: Goepper Grabs Silver, Cochran-Siegle Leads USA in GS


Cochran-Siegle Leads Team USA in Giant Slalom

Finally healthy following a couple seasons of injuries and setbacks, Ryan Cochran-Siegle once again led Team USA, finishing tied for 11th, in the giant slalom at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Sunday. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), the defending Olympic gold medalist, was 15th.

“I couldn’t have anticipated these results at all,” said Cochran-Siegle, who also led Team USA in super-G with a 15th-place finish. “I know that it’s the best in the world here, so to be able to perform and get these results is pretty outstanding for me. These were my career-best finishes in both events, so obviously when you go to the Olympics you want to perform at your best, but you also can’t really expect anything that you haven’t done before.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher absolutely blew away the field to win the gold medal, finishing more than a second ahead of silver medalist Henrick Kristoffersen of Norway. Alexis Pinturault of France claimed the bronze. Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.) was 20th and Tim Jitloff (Reno. Nev.) did not complete his first run. … READ MORE / RESULTS

Vonn Wins DH Training Run #1
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the first of three scheduled downhill training runs Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) was third, followed by Laurenne Ross (Bend. Ore.) in 12th; Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) 23rd; Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) 30th; and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) 40th. The second downhill training run is scheduled for Monday, 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Sunday.
Vonn is looking to repeat her 2010 Olympic downhill gold in Wednesday’s race.
Downhill training run 2

Goepper Puts Down Slope Silver
Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) landed a stunning run on his final attempt to take silver on a day that many considered one of the strongest slopestyle skiing contests in history.
"Wow - today was incredible," said Goepper. "It was such a pleasure to be a part of the best slopestyle skiing contest in history. Qualifying was mind blowing and finals were two times that. To land my final run and come away with my second Olympic medal is a dream come true."
Norway's Oystein Braaten landed a 95.00 on his first run to take the gold. Goepper's 93.60 silver-medal run came on his third and final run with Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand taking bronze with 92.40 on his second run.
A bronze medalist in Sochi as a part of the Team USA medals sweep, this time Goepper was on the podium alone. Teammate Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.), his body aching from training crashes, was 12th. … READ MORE / RESULTS


Lillis Lands Eighth in Finals
Jon Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.) represented Team USA in what was arguably one of the best men’s aerials contests in recent years on Sunday night at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Lillis was the top qualifier coming into the final jumps, but was unable to cleanly perform his jump in the second final, a full, full, double full, and finished eighth.
“It's obviously not the result I hoped for,” said Lillis. “My last jump wasn't the jump that I know I have inside of me somewhere. I just have to reflect on that and keep going. The fact that I was here and competed at the level that I did and landed all my jumps is something that I can go home and be proud of. Competing here and representing my country has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, so that's about as big of a win as you can ask for.” … READ MORE / RESULTS

Tough Day For Team USA

Team USA put in a solid effort but struggled in the men’s 4x15k relay, finishing 15th Sunday. Team Norway took the gold, Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver, and France took the bronze medal at Alpensia Cross Country Skiing Centre.
“As expected, it was tough, but fun, a good battle,” said Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.), who teamed up with Reese Hanneman (Anchorage, Alaska), Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska), and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, Colo.). “The relay is such an iconic event, it’s every skier’s dream to represent your country in the 4x10, so much national pride and so much fun to work with your teammates.”
Up next, the men compete in the team sprint Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. KT / 5:00 a.m. EST.
Men’s 4x10k relay

*All times EST.

3:00-6:00 p.m. - Men's freestyle aerials finals
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing (live), men's 4x10k cross country relay
12:35-2:00 a.m. - Women's big air snowboarding

1:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's 4x10k cross country relay

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-10:25 p.m. - Women's big air snowboarding qualifying (Monday)
8:00-9:25 p.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing qualifying (Monday)

3:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping finals
8:00-11:30 p.m.- Women's halfpipe skiing finals (live)
12:05-1:00 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (live)

7:10-11:00 a.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping final

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-9:15 a.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping
8:30-9:55 p.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing finals (Tuesday)
11:00 p.m.-12:45 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (Tuesday)

3:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k
8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Women's downhill (live), men's big air snowboarding qualifying (live)

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Nordic combined jump
12:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k cross country

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
5:00-5:55 a.m. - Nordic combined jump
7:45-8:45 a.m - Nordic combined 10k cross country
7:30-10:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding qualifying (Wednesday)
9:00-10:50 p.m. - Women's downhill (Wednesday)

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